Travel disruption warnings amid ice and heavy rainfall alerts

Parts of Scotland will be hit with a yellow warning for ice on Wednesday with another alert for heavy rainfall being issued on Thursday.

Scotland weather: Travel disruption warning as Met Office issues yellow warnings for ice and heavy rain Getty Images

Another yellow weather warning for ice will remain in effect across parts of Scotland on Wednesday morning.

The Met Office said the alert means travel disruption is likely as icy patches on the roads cause issues for drivers.

Aberdeenshire, Fife, Moray, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are all under the yellow warning which will end at 11am on Wednesday.

Forecasters say wintry showers that occurred on Tuesday should gradually become confined to coastal areas through the early hours of Wednesday.

Those commuting are urged to leave five minutes earlier than usual.

Sub-zero temperatures that hit much of Scotland earlier in the week are also set to end for many parts of the country as milder weather is expected from Thursday onwards.

It comes ahead of yellow warnings for rain that are set to hit parts of Scotland from 6am on Thursday until the end of the day.

The Met Office said heavy rain is likely to bring with it travel disruption on Thursday.

East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus have all been hit with the warning.

People living in affected areas are warned that power cuts and other loss of services are likely as the threat of flooding increases.

That could also cause delays and cancellations to buses and trains. Scots are urged to check their routes before travelling.

Forecaseters also said there is a “small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life” as well as some communities being cut off.

“Heavy rain is expected to arrive early on Thursday and then persist for much of the day.” the Met Office said.

“Whilst some snow is expected to fall initially over higher ground, this should tend to turn to rain which will then steadily thaw lying snow. 30-50 mm of rain is likely to fall widely with potential peaks over hills of 70-100 mm.

“Rain will be accompanied by strong southeasterly winds. Further heavy rain is possible in similar areas on Friday but this aspect is currently unclear.”

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: “Flooding from rivers and surface water is possible in some south west and north east areas on Thursday due to heavy rain and snow melt.

“Localised flooding is likely, with a small chance of more widespread flooding of roads, infrastructure and properties.”

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